13 Sep 2016

Guide to Washing Hair Properly

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Washing hair sounds simple enough. It often seems that it is only about using the right shampoo and conditioner. Many people take the technique very casually too. However, experts believe that many people actually are not able to clean their scalp properly when they wash their hair. Common problems include poor application of hair products, wrong temperature of water, or simply not washing enough. Just as inflamed scalp treatment takes care of a damaged scalp, proper washing can actually help you avoid the problem in the first place. To know how you can wash your hair better, read this short guide.

The technique

  • Comb your hair well before rinsing it in water, to be doubly sure that all dirt has been removed.
  • After proper soaking, take a little shampoo on your palm, diluting it in water, and massage softly into your wet hair. Lather up starting at the roots and finishing at the ends. Never use fingernails to massage or remove any dirt.
  • Wash off after a minute and ensure that no shampoo is left. Leftover shampoo can dry out the roots.
  • Do not repeat unless your hair is very dirty. If you have a flaky scalp or one that is damaged, it is always better to go for proper scalp treatment.

Shampoo and Conditioner Tips

Use a shampoo that suits your hair and scalp type. The choice also depends on whether you have a predominantly dry or oily scalp. In the case of dry hair and scalp, look for a shampoo that provides necessary oils and natural ingredients. The ADV Argan Oil Shampoo is one such product, providing ample bounce and volume to damaged hair. In the case of oily hair, use a mild shampoo along with a cleansing and oil-neutralizing product like the ADV Purifying Cleanser.

If you are blessed with thick hair, using a conditioner is very important. Even in the case of fine hair, cut down on the amount a bit. Try to use both the shampoo and the conditioner from the same brand. If you want hair with a shiny glow, make sure you do follow up with a conditioner.

Hot or cold water?

Washing the hair with very hot water can mean rough treatment. However, using warm water and steam is a good idea to open up pores. Oily hair needs washing with warm water once in a while. When used too often, hot water can make your hair dry, frizzy, and brittle. Cold water, on the other hand, is a universally favored choice to wash your hair. If your hair is prone to dryness, washing with cold water can help retain the beneficial natural oiliness and moisture. However, that cold water leaves your hair shiny is a myth. In a nutshell, use warm water to cleanse condition and detangle, and cold water to rinse it all out.

If a little hair falls out during a wash, it is usually not a cause for worry, but if it is consistently getting more and more, consult a professional for a proper analysis if you need a hair loss treatment. Wash your hair regularly, especially if you have straight hair. Conditioning first is recommended for those with long hair.

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